In the process of digitizing our photo albums, I came across this somewhat creepy but interesting seagull photo. I took this picture in 1981 on an overcast Florida beach with my trusty Kodak 110 Instamatic camera. Amazingly the photo turned out, although grainy by today’s standards.
I painted the main bird three different ways and brightened up the backgrounds, and although none is particularly outstanding I like aspects of each.
I liked Seagull 1 well enough but wanted the painting to be looser.
Seagull 2 was a bit looser, especially the background, and I introduced some purple for interest.
While painting Seagull 3 I brought the purple to the forefront. I planned to paint a couple more studies but became a little bored with the subject, so I will revisit it another day.
Could adding another color improve the painting? If so, which color(s) would you suggest?